Ian Abel Band, is a rock outfit made up of accomplished young musicians in Los Angeles, California. Lead singer, guitar player and primary song-writer, Ian Abel, formed the band with no purpose other than creating new and fresh music for Rock N Roll fans everywhere.
Tell us about the history of the band?
Well, I moved to Los Angeles from Louisville, Kentucky in 2014. At the end of 2016 I met drummer Kenny Schwartz and he and I started working out new material I had. In an off chance, I reconnected with a good friend from my High School who had recently moved to LA, Westray Tackett. He asked to join playing keys/guitar and brought with him a couple of songs to the table. We then brought in Kevin Perez, who Kenny knew from playing together in another band, to play and record bass for us on our debut single ‘Walk Out.’ It wasn’t until early 2018 when we got together with our dear friend and Master Audio Engineer, Jon Graber, to make a plan to record our first full length record. Funny enough, we started that process on the same night as the Academy Awards at iconic United Recording Studio in Hollywood and we took the rest of the year to finish it. In 2019 we added Karthik Suresh as our permanent bass player and now we’re preparing to release more singles from that full length album. So stay tuned!
How would you describe your music?
The Ian Abel Band is a wild mixture of various influences with Rock ‘N Roll as it’s core. Imagine if Lynyrd Skynyrd, Slash, Pink Floyd and Al Di Meola got in a bar fight, but Chris Stapleton documented it haha.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
Oh man, where do we begin. Skynyrd, Pink Floyd, Iron Maiden, GnR, Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Tool… The list could seriously run forever.
What record are you currently listening to?
I’m mainly listening to a lot of bluegrass right now. Merle Haggard, Allison Krause w/ Dan Tyminksi & Union station have been on repeat for a while as well. I’ve also been thumping Lukas Nelson’s ‘Bad Case’ too!
What is your favourite song to perform live?
That’s a close fight between our unreleased song ‘20’s Magic’ and ‘Shoes’. Shoes is very dynamic which is great because it’s a chance to really be intimate with the crowd in the beginning of the song and ‘20’s’ is an all out banger with an Iron Maiden-like bridge that HITS HARD.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
The dream is to be selling out arenas and headlining festivals all over the world, but first things first, we would love to get on a tour opening for someone like My Morning Jacket, Jason Isbell or the Alabama Shakes. Those would be some ROCKING nights.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
As a band, we haven’t toured together yet, but there are plans being discussed about that.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
The industry is weird. A lot of people say things like “Rock is dead” and that simply ain’t so. They just don’t know how to find the new killer music that’s out there. I believe we are about to go into a Rock Renaissance and it will go down in history as the “Rocking 20’s”. You heard it here first!
What advice would you give to someone starting their own band?
Write what’s in your heart and don’t worry about trying to keep up with whatever might be the current trend. Also, don’t be afraid to have the hard convos with your bandmates. Those moments are the secret glue that keeps a band honest and tight.
What are your future plans?
To take over the world.